The ABC has been criticised for proposing a radio discussion on whether the rules of chess were racially motivated. Here’s what unfolded when the interview went to air.
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Australian Chess Federation committee member Dr Kevin Bonham has refuted suggestions the rule of white pieces moving first was racially motivated.
Dr Bonham spoke to ABC radio’s James Valentine on Wednesday afternoon after a man posted to social media his child’s query about why white always moves first in chess.
ABC proposed a radio discussion on the matter and on Tuesday sought an interview with John Adams, an economist who represented the Australian Chess Federation in 2015.
Mr Adams declined the interview offer and went into a Twitter rage saying the ABC had taken the view that chess was “racist”. He also referred them on to Dr Bonham.
“The ABC have taken the view that chess is RACIST given that white always go first,” he said in his tweet.
Mr Adams further explained the ABC was looking for a chess offical to comment on whether the rules should be altered.
“Trust the taxpayer funded national broadcaster to apply ideological Marxist frameworks to anything & everything in Australia,” he added.
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I just received a phone call from an ABC Sydney based producer seeking a comment about the game of chess!
The ABC have taken the view that chess is RACIST given that white always go first!
They are seeking comment from a chess official as to whether
— John Adams (@adamseconomics) June 23, 2020
His posts led to further comments and articles criticising the ABC’s line of questioning before any interview had taken place.
Speaking to Ben Fordham on 2GB this morning, Mr Adams said he was “quite surprised” by the phone call from the ABC, before saying the argument of chess being racist isn’t anything new.
The economist said “this stuff is completely ridiculous”.
“I mean we’ve got bigger issues that are facing Australia and I don’t want the ABC to be talking about this sort of nonsense,” he said.
Dr Bonham was forced to defend the proposed radio discussion even before it took place.
Isn’t it comforting to know that the right in Australia is so well served by individuals like this who misinform their followers about an event that has not even happened yet. https://t.co/D5JR7PIJDh
— Kevin Bonham (@kevinbonham) June 24, 2020